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17-04-2018, 08:45   #1
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Big Tom - off to the big gig in the sky

Big Tom - Irish Country Singer has died at 81

Not my cup of tea, but was quite popular nonetheless.

Having seen some of his story on RTE (Stetsons I think), he appears to have led a great life in the music industry, and has a huge family.

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17-04-2018, 08:51   #2
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Seen him on the late late show a while back, he looked pretty frail then, and unfortunately my initial thoughts turn have been proven right.

He lived a fairly long and successful life, seems to have been pretty much regarded as legendary by his peers in his particular music industry.

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His music was mediocre. I only say him once though, back in the early nineties. He was playing on the back of a truck in Tobercurry.
Lovely dude though, as was the rest of his band.
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Absolute Gent. R.I.P.

Not my style of music, my mother was a big fan of him, she often met him working as a barmaid in the 1960's in London, didn't see him for over 30 years and he came up to her one day in Howth harbour and said he recognised her. Seemed to be a very decent skin by all accounts,.
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R.I.P. Big Tom

Wasn't a fan myself but my Mam is huge fan. Always upsetting when a music artist you like goes one step beyond but at least you still have the tunes.
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What'll the Mainliners do now?
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A gentle giant by all accounts, will be remembered for years to come.
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He pulled a decent pint but I couldn't stand his music. A nice man to chat to in the bar.
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Remember my Dad playing this one in the house a lot when I was a kid and singing it to himself a lot to of course.

Which I hated, I won't lie.


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Seen him on the late late show a while back, he looked pretty frail then, and unfortunately my initial thoughts turn have been proven right.
Well done on predicting an octogenarian would die soon. Got the lotto numbers there by any chance?
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17-04-2018, 09:14   #11
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A story I heard years ago that I would love it to be true is that when big Tom got one of his first gigs in New York.
Tom and his band,the Mainliners were booked to play a huge gig in somewhere like the radio city music hall.
"Mainlining" is a term for shooting up heroin so the place was jammed with people expecting to see a grateful dead type band,apparently there was a riot when a bunch of guys wearing pale blue suits walked out on stage and started singing "four roads to glenamaddy"
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Great voice and stage presence. Ruled the airwaves in the 70s country boom. He was the main man with the main liners.

RIP Big Tom.
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17-04-2018, 09:25   #13
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RIP Big Tom.

He was meant to have being a nice man.

I wonder will The Late Late Country music special go ahead?
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He's on that road to the churchyard where his mom and daddy lie.
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Met him once. Giant of a man . He couldn't sing but apparently his music had great timing. Caught for tax evasion but generally loved. Could be the biggest funeral up north since Bobby sands.
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